MONUMENTA is a new contemporary art event providing leading international artists with the opportunity to engage with the great steel-and-glass nave of Paris’s Grand Palais, through the creation of a series of totally new installations. Reflecting the extraordinary dynamism of the international contemporary art scene, MONUMENTA is a unique opportunity to discover the work of some of today’s greatest living artists.
Anselm Kiefer, Richard Serra and Christian Boltanski will create the first three installations in the MONUMENTA series. Renowned international artist Anselm Kiefer, presented the first work in the series – a spectacular, entirely new installation – from May 30, 2007. MONUMENTA 2008 will feature the American sculptor Richard Serra, followed by one of France’s leading artists, Christian Boltanski, in 2009.
Recently renovated, the Grand Palais is a unique space, in Paris and the world. Created for the 1900 Exposition Universelle, the Grand Palais is an architectural treasure on a vast, monumental scale. Its immense glass roof soars to a height of 60 meters beneath the central dome, and the nave extends for over 200 meters at ground level, covering a surface of some 13,500 square meters in a single span. This historic venue is the setting for an array of leading cultural events.